First Year News

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016 by Janet Vail

Barbara Holmes: CCA Furniture Program Faculty Member Highlight

The genre-defying art of Furniture professor Barbara Holmes is wide ranging in both materials and style.

She makes lively installations from pieces of reclaimed wooden lath that spiral around doorways and tree trunks. She cuts open discarded hollow-core doors, exposing the support structure within, and remakes the pieces into scaled-down architectural forms, sometimes lit from within.

And she has made prints from 100-year-old tree stumps in the Sierra Nevada.

No matter the material or technique, Holmes is interested in our past and the things we’ve discarded and moved beyond. “It's a theme that runs through all of my work, and using reclaimed materials, past histories, and lost knowledge is all a part of my process,” she says.

Holmes’s artwork has a playful quality that, combined with its positive message of reclamation and transformation, hits a chord for the modern viewer. Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions and is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Recology.

Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 by Chris Bliss

Shalini Agrawal, new Center director

Shalini Agrawal has been appointed director of the Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts (CCA), it was announced today by Provost Melanie Corn. Agrawal had been serving as interim director of the Center for the last year, and was selected after a broad national search.

Corn commented, "Shalini has done an impressive and exemplary job as interim director. Her extensive experience facilitating diverse communities at local, national, and international levels makes her the ideal person for the job. I'm looking forward to working with her in this capacity."

About Shalini Agrawal

Agrawal is cofounder and principal of MAC Studio, a practice that engages communities through landscape architecture. MAC Studio was selected as one of the few firms to complete the San Francisco Unified School District Green Schoolyard Initiative for middle and high schools. 

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

A Walk Among the Bogus
Lavender Ink, 2014
Paperback, 150 pages, $16

First Year faculty member Elizabeth Leger made the artwork, titled Sneaky Pete, for the cover of a new poetry anthology by the Bay Area poet Owen Hill. Leger says: “It affords a glimpse at the people who walk through this book of poems. Some are from old Hollywood, some are has-beens and would-bes, others are charming denizens of the street.”

About the book: “Owen Hill’s short satirical poems make their point with sly insouciance. Gleaned from many years of chapbooks, pamphlets, and appearances in underground literary magazines they nudge, prod, delight, and sometimes stop just short of insult. Hill is also a crime fiction writer and there’s a more than subtle whiff of the mean streets in his verse.”

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Star 82 Review issues 2 and 3
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013
Paperback, 44 pages, $9.95

In the spirit of summer travel, the second issue of Star 82 Review, an online and print art and literature magazine edited by Printmaking faculty member Alisa Golden, features personal essays, poems, and stories that revolve around planes, trains, and automobiles. Layered and worthy of multiple readings, these pieces deal with parents and children, dreams and daydreams, life-cycle events and life in general. A special feature is a page from Tom Phillips's A Humument app.

Contributors with CCA connection this issue: Zack Rogow, former MFA Program in Writing faculty.

Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 by

Chris Sollars, SUV Rub, 2008

Chris Sollars, adjunct professor in the First Year Program and the Individualized Major Program at California College of the Arts, is the recipient of a prestigious 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2011 by Clay Walsh

Join or create a student group or organization today!

What do CCA students do when they’re not studying, making, designing, building, creating, or writing? Well, a variety of things of course, including growing a number of CCA student groups and organizations that provide ample opportunities for students to engage in student body planning or socialize, or both.

Depending on your interest and commitment, chances are good there’s a student organization or group that’s right for you.

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Model Making (The Architecture Brief Series)
Princeton Architectural Press, 2011
Paperback, 160 pages, $24.95

Megan Werner (Interior Design faculty) is the founder of zDp Models, a San Francisco-based model-making firm. Her client list includes Microsoft, SOM, Renzo Piano, Gensler, IDEO, and Stanford University. Here she presents the nuts and bolts of model making in the latest addition to Princeton Architectural Press's Architecture Briefs series. In 33 "concept blocks" she explores a wide range of possible types, including laser-scored acrylic models, basswood topography models, acid-etched metal blocks, peeled paper blocks, D-print models, cement pour blocks, and many more. Model Making includes handy appendices on materials, tools, tips, and techniques, as well as a glossary of design concepts.

Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Happy Earth Day, CCA!

California College of the Arts is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review, an education service that helps students select and apply to colleges.

CCA's inclusion in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition reinforces the college's reputation as an exemplary institution of higher education committed to sustainability.

The news, which USA Today reported Wednesday, April 20, arrives just in time for today's Earth Day celebration—and brings to a close CCA's Earth Week festivities with a remarkable bang!

The Guide to 311 Green Colleges, the first and only free comprehensive college guidebook to focus solely on high-ranking U.S. colleges and universities, showcases outstanding commitments to environmental sustainability in and out of the classroom (e.g., environmentally related practices, policies, and academic offerings). The 220-page guide contains profiles of 308 institutions of higher education in the United States and three in Canada, all of which demonstrate a significant commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.

Posted on Thursday, January 6, 2011 by

credit: Sarah McGee

Happy New Year!

Here at CCA, applications for the fall semester are pouring in, and we're already feeling good vibes from our prospective entering class. Keep it comin'! In the meantime, here's another great first-year for you to meet. Jake Hicks is about to begin his second semester at CCA.

Hey, Jake! Where are you from? How was the move?

Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2010 by

Hey all! It’s finals week here at CCA and lots of great projects have been rapidly multiplying in our campus studios. Students in Intro to Ceramics (taught by ceramicist and CCA professor Nancy Selvin) just finished fine-tuning a still life series, and I thought I'd share a slice of this with you before we leave for the holidays.

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